Friday, April 2, 2021

"Poster Man" by Seymour Chwast

I just received a new book titled Poster Man by Seymour Chwast. The book has a selection of 140 most important posters from the five-decade career of Seymour.

I am especially pleased because in the book Seymour decided to also include the Tolerance poster he created in 2017 for my Tolerance Poster Show.

On top of that, this Tolerance poster is sharing the spread with one of my favourite posters of Seymour's, Protest Against The Rising Tide of Conformity. I am obviously not the only one with that opinion. In 1964, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez decided to take a few pictures in front of that poster.





 

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A.C.2020.4

Page from my a visual essay A.C.2020. I created this to express anxiety and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
 
In 1918 Egon Schiele died from the Spanish Flu pandemic. He was 28 years old.

"Sometime in mid-October, Egon Schiele’s wife, Edith falls ill with the flu. She is 6 months pregnant and despite the desperate care from her husband Egon, she succumbs to the flu on October 28. Three days later, on October 31, Egon Schiele followed his wife and unborn child into the after world in the early hours of the day."

This comic is based exclusively on the photos of Egon before and after his death.

More here.
 

 

A.C.2020.3

Page from my a visual essay A.C.2020.

I created this to express anxiety and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
 
More here.
 

 
 
 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Modesty Blaise (Galley Slaves), Part 3, by Jim Holdaway

Sometimes one gets lucky. 

I managed to acquire another comic strip by of Modesty Blaise (Galley Slaves) from 1968 by Jim Holdaway. Now I have three consequential strips from the same episode.

More of Modesty Blaise from my collection herehere, here here and here.
 



Monday, March 22, 2021

S*P*Y*S by Moebius

I recently acquired this large (120x160cm / 47x63 inches) French poster for the movie SPYS from 1974 with an illustration by Moebius.


 


Thursday, March 11, 2021

To Be Continued… Comics and visual culture in Croatia

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia has opened a very ambitious exhibition of Croatian comics titled To Be Continued… Comics and visual culture in Croatia.

"The exhibition To Be Continued… Comics and visual culture in Croatia sets the so-called Ninth Art of comic strips, cartoons and graphic storytelling in its European and international context, bringing together its history, evolution, and canonical authors. The exhibition examines the way in which perceptions of comics have changed over time, the role of comics in shaping popular and mass culture, and the professional and personal networks within which comics are created and find their way to the audience."

Among others, they are featuring some of my comics and comics-related posters. Some of them, you can see on the photos here. 

Photos by Bernarda Cesar.






 

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Modesty Blaise (Galley Slaves) by Jim Holdaway

I acquired these two comic strips of Modesty Blaise (Galley Slaves) from 1968 by Jim Holdaway not only because I had the unique chance to buy two sequential strips but also because of the drawing of the warship. Despite being painted as a minimalistic geometric abstraction, the warship is still completely realistic and convincing.

More of Modesty Blaise from my collection herehere, here and here.






Thursday, February 25, 2021

"Tarzan" by Joe Kubert

In 1972, when I was hitchhiking through Europe, I came across this Tarzan comic book. I never cared for Tarzan, but this cover grabbed me. Partly because of the composition, and partly because of how Tarzan was drawn. He had more tendons and scratches than muscles. It seems very appropriate. 

That's also how for the first time I got introduced to the work of Joe Kubert.

 In 1978, I was already deeply involved with comics. Because of that, I was invited to the Lucca Comics Festival in Italy, and there I had the pleasure, among others, to meet Joe. He was kind to offer me to come and teach in his comics school in the United States. Unfortunately, at that time I had some other ideas about my future, so I politely declined. That is what he is referring to in the second part of his note from 1991.

 



 

Monday, February 22, 2021

"Le temps des livres" by Jean Giraud Moebius

 

Just recently I acquired this poster for the book festival Le temps des livres, designed by Jean Giraud Moebius in 1994.


My A.C. 2020 (4) comic was published in this weeks The Nation Magazine. More of my A.C. 2020 comics you can see here, here and here.

"Rich Kids" by Seymour Chwast

I recently acquired a poster for the movie Rich Kids, designed in 1979 by Seymour Chwast. It is the only movie poster he ever designed.

Friday, January 29, 2021

"Steve Canyon" by Milton Caniff

I recently acquired this daily comic strip of Steve Canyon, by Milton Caniff from 1963.
 
I know that some of you are going to say "But there is no Steve Canyon in this strip". Yes, but look at this beautifully drawn cloud. On top of that, the subject of this story/strip is about the ethic tension between the Turks, the Greeks and the Communist agitators. 
 
What more can we expect from Cold War comics? My cup of tea. 
 


 

Monday, January 25, 2021

"Savage Sword of Conan" by Alfredo Alcala

I recently acquired this comic page from Savage Sword of Conan #89, Page 23, by Alfredo Alcala from 1983. 

What is quite fascinating about this original is that it's drawn on very thin paper. The paper is not thicker than regular copy machine paper. The artist probably chose this paper because of its stipple texture. The paper is so thin that they needed to put the speech balloons on a separate acetate overlay otherwise the original drawing will be wrinkled.




 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

"When They Burned the White House" by Milton Glaser

Today of all days, I received in the mail with a very appropriate title: When They Burned the White House.

It was published in 1961, written by Andrew Tully and illustrated by Milton Glaser.
 




 

Friday, January 15, 2021

"M.Frog" by Milton Glaser

I just acquired this unusual LP record from 1973 by M.Frog (Jean Yves Labat). The album sleeve is unusual because on the front of the sleeve a page of a pamphlet is attached, which usually is inside of the sleeve. 
 
The pamphlet includes an attempt by Labatt to produce a way of writing musical notation using colour and graph paper. 
 
What is really special to me is that it was designed by Milton Glaser.
 





 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Glas Slavonije

My interview about comics in today's Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije.
 
If you can read Croatian, you can read the full article here. 
 


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Portfolio by Galerie Martel

It's good to have friends.
 
A few days ago, I received this portfolio as a present from a friend. 150 portfolios were published by Galerie Martel in Paris to celebrate their 10th anniversary. It contained 56 mixed media prints made from past invitation cards from the gallery. The prints are nice, but what is really nice is the last sheet of the portfolio with a list of all the artists represented in it. In this case, this page is signed by most of them. It's amazing to have the signatures of all these artists in one place.
 
Thank you again, my friend.